Q & A: Othalie Graham on the COVID-19 Crisis & Racism in the Opera World

Canadian-American soprano Othalie Graham is widely known for her interpretations of the title roles in “Turandot” and “Aida,” as well as her commitment to Wagnerian repertoire. She has been described as a “thrilling” singing actress and has performed with such prestigious companies as the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Málaga, Detriot Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Chorus at the Kennedy Center, {…}

‘You Get What You Put Out Into the Universe:’ Baritone Lucas Meachem On His Highs and Lows, Diversity in Opera, & COVID’s Impact on Young Artists

In late May, the COVID-19 pandemic relented for a spell, enticing parts of the United States to reopen after weeks of lockdown. Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer in the States, was in full swing. 2020 had a disastrous start, but big cities like New York had the virus somewhat contained. Worldwide, the insidious threat of sickness and {…}

A Titan Among Opera Singers – Baritone Michael Hewitt Discusses Fitness, His Appearance on ‘The Titan Games,’ and Opera’s Marketing Challenges

“I am Khumn!” These were the first words ever spoken on stage by baritone Michael Hewitt. The phrase is one you might expect from the Narrator in “Akhnaten” but not in a fifth-grade educational history play about ancient Egypt. According to Hewitt, his entrance was dramatic and well-received. He recounted striding to center stage, dressed from head-to-toe in black and shrouded in dense fog. {…}